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WASHINGTON — Bruce Ivins, the Army scientist accused of carrying out the 2001 anthrax attacks, e-mailed himself last year saying he knew who the killer was, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.
"Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!!! I finally know who mailed the anthrax letters in the fall of 2001. I've pieced it together!" Ivins wrote in the e-mail dated Sept. 7, 2007, according to an FBI affidavit.
"I'm not looking forward to everybody getting dragged through the mud, but at least it will all be over," Ivins allegedly wrote. "Finally! I should have it TOTALLY nailed down within the month. I should have been a private eye!!!!"
Originally posted by monkeybus
So, why weren't the emails checked? and deleted though?
Originally posted by burdman30ott6
Doesn't the fact that he emailed this to himself bring his sanity into question just a bit? I mean, I've emailed information or mental notes to myself from one account to another one for later use, but never have I written myself an exuberant letter like this.
Originally posted by NGC2736
I could see where he might want some time stamp of proof that he had such information before his arrest, which he seems to have known was coming. And he could have obtained the information at a time when he was away from his regular computer, so he wanted this on file for later use.
Just a thought.
Finally! I should have it TOTALLY nailed down within the month.
Originally posted by neo4116
An interesting find to be sure, but I have to wonder why not name the person(s) who were responsible for the attacks? It just seems that if you were emailing yourself you would say "I finally know that personX is responsible and here's why " Maybe not in those exact words but something along those lines. IMHO
"I'm not looking forward to everybody getting dragged through the mud, but at least it will all be over,"
Originally posted by americandingbat
I admit I've never been in that situation, but it seems to me you would want to include in a note like that some piece of the information you have, wouldn't you?
In books and films they always stash a letter explaining the whole thing in a safety deposit box, and send their attorneys a letter "to be opened on my death". I'm not expecting that, necessarily, but something that suggests he had actually done some sleuthing might be reasonable.
Somehow, sending yourself an email that just says "I know who did it!" sounds more like a desperate attempt to have something to point to so you can claim you're being set up if you get busted.